Utica Fire Dept. says no fires reported; National Grid investigating power outages

By ANDREW DONOVAN

Thousands were without power in Oneida and Herkimer Counties just after midnight Friday morning and National Grid representatives are investigating what caused the outages.

Utica Fire officials confirmed to NEWSChannel 2 that no fires were reported. Widespread outages are sometimes caused by transformer fires.

Many viewers did report seeing multi-colored flashes in the sky.  It is still unknown what the flashes were.

By 1:00 a.m., what had been at one time nearly 3,000 customers without power in Oneida County was down to roughly 300, mostly in parts of the City of Utica from Eagle Street and down the direction of Valley View Road, according to National Grid.

There were other outages still reported sporadically throughout the Oneida County area, but were listed as being under a total of 20 households.

In Herkimer County, the outages were limited mostly to the Frankfort area by 1:00 a.m., with around 717 customers being affected at that time as crews had already restored power to places like Schuyler, Herkimer and Little Falls. At peak, there were nearly 4,000 total customers without power throughout towns and villages in the Mohawk Valley.

The estimated restoration time for the remaining outages is between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m.

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